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that case says social media has spurred a new class of crime. >> the use of social media to recruit young girls into the sex trade is definitely on the rise. preinternet, if they sent a letter to a young girl saying, you're cute, we think you should come work for us, it strikes me as impossible that that approach would have ever worked. so a crime like this, i think, simply couldn't have happened 15 or 20 years ago. >> reporter: one common move, having a woman reach out. >> i used to have to sit next to my ex-pimp and help him recruit girls. >> reporter: but those same pages used to recruit are also used to rescue. >> i can go and see who all liked this, and that can lead me to looking for girls who look like they need help. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say facebook reacts swiftly when notified of elicit activity on specific contacts. facebook says it takes human trafficking very seriously and built complex systems to flag and block such material.
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tag.com says it has numerous tech and educational tools to empower and protect users, and has a dedicated team to respond to unauthorized conduct on the site. nina and lisa, whose names were changed to protect their identities, are still on the social networks where they recruited. nina is no longer looking for a boyfriend on facebook. >> more pimps tell you the same thing, you kind of get the clue. and, you know, life's not a fairy tale. >> reporter: lisa starts school this semester. when she enrolls, she plans to log out of facebook for good. lori siegel, cnn money, new york. >> if you're interested in learning more about modern day sex trafficking, check out cnn's freedom project to end modern slavery on our website. that's it for me. brooke baldwin takes it from here as "cnn newsroom" continues. history in the making. the pope says good-bye. but in his final hours, he's admitting it's been tough.
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i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. a millionaire reveals his plan to send a man to mars. but, will it work? plus -- >> that's not a safe environment for her. >> born a boy, lives like a girl in the first grade. a school bans this child from using the girl's bathroom. now the parents are fighting back. and health warning. reports of a rare super bug on the rise. what you need to know. hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin. before we begin, i want you to hear emotional sounds this is from a dad, begging congress to do something about gun control. you're about to hear from neal heslen, his son jesse shot and killed in the newtown massacre. his father testified before the senate judiciary committee as lawmakers are considering this
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ban on assault weapons. listen. >> good morning. december 14th, we stopped at a misty veil deli, got his favorite sandwich, sausage, egg and cheese on a hard roll. he ordered me one. he would always do that. i would get a coffee, and jesse would get what he called the covey coffee, but it was a hot chocolate. we proceeded to the school. it was 9:04 when i dropped jesse off. the school clock, jesse gave me a hug and a kiss at that time, said good-bye, i love you, stopped and said i love mom too. that was the last i saw of jesse
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as he ducked around the corner. prior to that, when he was getting out of the truck, he hugged me and held me, and i can still feel that hug and that pat on the back. he said everything will be okay, dad. everything will be okay. and it wasn't okay. >> 26 people including jesse and 19 other kids were killed at sandy hook elementary school back in december. as well as a heated discussion here on this assaults weapons ban, there is testimony on background checks and the issue of mental health. we'll have much more from what happened in this incredibly emotional hearing later on in the show. meantime, pope benedict got pretty personal and emotional in his public farewell today before tens of thousands packed into
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st. peters square. look at this. he said the catholic church is passing through stormy seas and said his tenure had difficult times. went to quote him, the lord seemed to sleep. pope benedict said he suffered over his decision to resign which will take effect tomorrow. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> he left his glass-topped popemobile waving to the cheering crowd, kissing some babies. it was an unusually candid speech from a pope often considered aloof and reserved. our chief international correspondent and anchor christiane amanpour joins me live from rome. christiane, were you surprised by pope benedict's personal message? >> reporter: well, yes, because a lot of people had said he would say prayers and perhaps he might have a little bit of a personal message interspersed
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because this would be his final general audience. but in fact, the whole thing was very, very personal. and he talked about, you know, the gravity of this decision, the fact that it is such a novelty and as we know it has been 600 and 700 years since the last pope's resigned. so it is a long, long time, entering unchartered waters this church now, especially in our modern times, and he did talk about the joy that he had had and the joys he felt that had happened during his eight years on the throne of st. peter, but also as you mentioned, the church had been on choppy waters, choppy seas for a while, referring at least obliquely to some of these scandals, a lot of the challenges that had been buffeting this church for more than, you know, 12 years now. so that also has played a part in his departure, and he said that he realized that his strength was ebbing and that a new more vigorous person needed to be chosen to lead the church into the future, brooke. >> i want to ask you a little
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bit about the sex abuse scandal and the conclave in a moment. at the same time, there are some just fun interesting nuggets about this symbolic trappings the pope will basically be giving up, so no more red prada shoes for the pope and he wears that ring, which apparently has beens to smashed by some official hammer because, why, christiane? >> reporter: well, the shoes, they go once he's no longer pope and he's going to go from red to brown leather shoes, we understand. the rings, the fisherman's ring, which is the ring that belongs to the pope, not the pope emeritus, not the dead pope, but to the actual pope, each time there is a transition to a new pope, the ring that the predecessor wore is defaced and can no longer be active, if you like. that's simply for the period of time that individual is in the papacy and does reign. that say pretty normal transitional moment.
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apart from that, he will be leaving in precisely 24 hours from now. 8:00 p.m. rome time tomorrow will be the end of his papacy. he will have already left a few hours earlier and gone from the vatican to the summer residence, but as i say, 24 hours from now, the papacy of john -- of benedict xvi is over, and then begins the process of selecting the next pope. >> and, of course, we'll have special coverage of that in 24 hours. we'll look for you then. meantime, back to the controversy with regard to the sex abuse scandal. i want to ask you quickly, some catholics they do not want cardinal roger mahoney voting as part of the conclave because of his role covering up this child sex abuse scandal. do you believe that vote will continue with mahoney as part of it? >> reporter: absolutely. we have asked everybody, particularly because of the controversy surrounding him, we asked so many people in the vatican, officials and others,
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even spoke to the retired archbishop, still cardinal, retired archbishop of the washington, d.c. diocese, and he said, yes, this would happen and mahoney would, in fact, join the conclave. and they tell us every which way that, you know what, no matter what has happened, they still have the obligation, the duty to vote, but it is something that is troubling a lot of catholics, particularly american catholics, particularly because of the scandal, which first erupted into the news in the united states back in 2002 and then swept over here in europe, back in 2010. and really exploded over here. so in general, there is so much anger about that, and so much desire to see the church, you know, move forward. po pope benedict xvi instituted a zero tolerance policy but the work is not finished and that, many catholics want to see
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finished. >> christiane amanpour, thank you. historic change happening as she pointed out in rome, 24 hours from now. thank you so much. we are now getting some new information from the white house today on the accused illegal immigrants given get out of jail free passes by the administration, by the immigration service yesterday. today, the white house is saying the suspects number in the hundreds. are they dangerous? according to the white house, no. >> priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety. >> okay. but that spokesman, jay carney, said he cannot guarantee that these newly freed criminal suspects will appear for deportation. carney says they're being quote/unquote, monitored but cnn's nick valencia found a guy who apparently was freed by the feds and told exactly nothing. so no monitoring, no instructions. do i have that correct? >> you have it correct. i spoke to an ice official this morning and they said detainees
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will be monitored on a case by case basis. when i spoke to miguel angel hernandez released from stewart detention center on sunday, he told us federal immigration officials told him nothing and in fact he's still trying to figure out what he's supposed to do. >> i'm waiting for the paper to come. >> you're still waiting now? >> yeah, i'm still waiting. >> you don't have a court date at all? >> don't have a court date at all. >> they let you free and you don't know what to do now? >> i don't any what to do. just wait, wait for the mail, see what it is. >> i spoke to an ice official this morning and they said some people would be monitored, other people will be expected to check in with the ice official. you didn't get any instructions after you were released? >> nothing. they just went home. >> now, to be fair, and completely transparent, miguel angel hernandez told cnn he did visit a probation officer about 48 hours after he was released from the stewart detention center, but that's for a different legal matter, brooke, nothing to do with his immigration status. >> we're hearing now from a congressman out of virginia, bob goodlatte, it is abhorrent that
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president obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on forced budget cuts. obviously politics at play here. we'll get to that with somebody else later in the show. to you, how often does this kind of thing happen? >> it is not new. people need to temper their enthusiasm. there is own recognizance bonds. detainees are a low flight risk and not a risk of fleeing from the united states, that the ice officials believe that they will make their court date. so this has been happening for a number of years and the federal government has given these own recognizance bonds to low priority detainees. we don't know if that's the case with miguel angel hernandez, but we know this has been going on for a number of years. >> nick valencia, thank you. >> thank you. and while leaders in washington are ripping each other apart over these spending cuts, deadline remember, midnight friday, they are standing together today. there she is, to honor civil rights icon rosa parks. president obama, congressional
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leaders, and more than 50 of her relatives gathered there at the capital to unveil this bronze statue of miss parks. it is nine feet tall. she is the first black woman to be honored with a statue there. >> rosa parks' singular act of disobedience launched a movement. the tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. it is because of these men and women that i stand here today. it is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free. >> rosa parks broke the law. that was back on december 5th, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus back in montgomery, alabama. actually stood in line for quite a while to get to meet and shake
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hands with miss parks when i was in high school, back in atlanta. gogoose pumps. coming up, a 6-year-old girl banned from using the girl's restroom at her elementary school. why? because she was born a boy. and just moments ago, her parents spoke out, they are fighting back. plus, anyone? trip to mars? tourist trips to the red planet may be coming sooner than you think. ♪ ♪
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doable. that's what dennis tito, the first space tourist, flew to the international space station in 2001 on a russian rocket, he's got deep pockets, multimillionaire, but will take a lot more than that. the foundation that they started, which is called inspiration mars, needs to raise about a billion dollars in order to pull this off. now, that's really not a lot of money considering that nasa's plans to land humans on mars would cost tens of billions of dollars. that's way out there. bottom line, 501 day mission, fly around mars, you're slingshoted back to earth, man and woman, a married couple is what they want. >> this millionaire you're referring to, he's not even the one who would go. he wants a married couple to go. why? >> they want a married couple to go and, in fact, what he said was that, you know, the idea is it makes it easier than two strangers going together and they wanted it to be a man and a woman and they want them to be older because they don't want the radiation issues. and what he said during the news conference, they're talking about media rights to all this,
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he said, can you imagine dr. phil talking to this couple as they're flying about marital issues that might arise. >> i might have been wondering about that when we're talking 16 months. nasa says it takes eight months depending on the rocket to get there, takes that long, being couped up with anyone would be difficult. my question to you, chad, zarrella mentioned the boot prints on mars, way, way off. how way, way off is it? >> i think 50 more years. >> 50. >> i do think so. this is going to be a really cool thing. the amount of radiation that these people will be in, just surrounded by, coming out of the sun, will be tremendous for 500 years. 500 days. i don't believe that it is survivable at this point with our technology yet. they're going to have to engineer this ship and engineer protection for these people as well. >> would you go with your wife? >> with a marriage counselor. that's a trip for three. >> love you, mrs. myers, but maybe not. that's what i'm hearing. chad myers, john zarrella, thank
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you very much. now to this, mayor michael bloomberg, one of the richest men in america, is now throwing his wealth into the gun debate and he just scored. look at that. a huge win. wolf blitzer just talked to the mayor. that's next. ♪ you know my heart burns for you... ♪ i'm up next, but now i'm singing the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is!
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new york city mayor michael bloomberg's money may have an impact here on this national gun debate. just this week, bloomberg super pac state representative robin kelly won the democratic primary to replace former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. and now he's ready to use his checkbook to fight the nra. wolf blitzer joins me now live. wolf, you just talked to the mayor. what did he tell you? >> i went up to capitol hill to speak with him. he was meeting with various senators. he's just been over at the white house meeting with the vice president who as you know is putting forward all this new proposed legislation on gun deal -- dealing with gun violence in the united states. it was clear to me that mayor bloomberg is in washington, making it clear to everyone right now, he's ready to put his money where his mouth is, if you will. he's going to spend a lot of money just as he did in the special election in chicago. jesse jackson jr.'s seat to get
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someone elected who agrees with him, that there is way too much gun violence in the united states and the way to deal with it is much more gun control. listen to this exchange, brooke, that we had. you were willing to put your money where your mouth is. >> well, you know, the nra has had the field to itself of talking about guns. and it is time for a balanced approach to get the public the information and then let the public decide. >> did it underscore that in order to fight the nra you have to come up with a lot of money. is that the last thing you learned? >> i think it is a harbinger of what is going to happen here. you don't have to put money into every race. in the end, the money doesn't matter, it is the people that show up at the polls. >> that's true. it is the people that show up at the polls. having a lot of money and throwing lite of money into the various congressional elections, senatorial elections, local elections, certainly could have a huge impact, brooke, as you know, as they say here in washington, when it comes to politics, money talks.
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now to some of the hottest stories in a flash, rapid fire. roll it. look with me. this looks miserable. this is a woman, and forgive me here, i'll botch this. manatawak, wisconsiners, getting rid of snow and more could be coming her way. schools are closed ahead of a snowstorm that could bring drifts up to six feet. the heaviest snow up to 12 inches could fall in the white mountains of new hampshire.
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it is chuck hagel's day number one as defense secretary. here he is, photos of him, taking the oath of office. this is a private ceremony at the pentagon today. the former republican senator from nebraska then spoke to service members and civilian employees. >> to be part of your team who you are is the honor. that's the great privilege. >> hagel also took note of the automatic spending cuts going into effect friday, saying the defense department has a lot of challenges ahead. more disturbing details in the trial of the new york police officer accused of planning to kidnap, cook, and eat women, including his own wife. an fbi agent read a transcript of e-mails and chats between this police officer, his name is gilberto valle, and a buddy of his. look at this. the agent says valle directed his buddy to a video of a female friend, clad in a bikini saying, quote, i'd like to have her arm on a barbecue.
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and, quote, i'm dying to taste some girl meat. his buddy later chatted back, face meat is, quote, great for sandwiches. valle's attorney says his client had no intentions of killing women. more on that case next hour. now this, see this in the spotlight here? in that spotlight is a great white shark. it had just killed a man in his 40s swimming some 200 yards off a new zealand beach today. >> you see on tv, you see in movies, like, jaws and that, happening in real life, man, so shocking, scared. >> by the time police got to the man, he was dead. deadly shark attacks are rare in new zealand. there have been fewer than 20 deaths in more than 175 years. and ever think your budweiser was a little watered down? take a look at this. two people are suing in california, they're suing
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anheuser-busch. they claim the company has the technology to actually precisely control the amount of alcohol in its beers. but adds water so the alcohol is so well below the advertised 5% by volume, anheuser-busch says the claims are completely false and the lawsuit is groundless. now, look at the big board with me. the dow closing at an all time high. 14,000 closing in. hour and a half left before that closing bell. 14,063 now. we'll watch it through the show. you can as well, go to cnnmoney.com. up next, the hot topics face-off on tap, a transgenerded first grade girl banned from the girl's bathroom. plus, trading your guns for a beyonce ticket? yep. and a college football player trying to get to the nfl says teams are asking do you like girls or like boys? my panelists are standing by. they are revealed next.
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welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin here. for the next 20 minutes, you know the deal by now, tackling the hot topics you'll be talking about around the dinner table tonight. here is where i want to start, with the first grader, banned from using little girl's room because she was born a he. 6-year-old coy mathes is transgendered. she identifies herself as a female. she's been wearing girls clothes, her parents say she's been this way since she was 18 months old. and for the first half of this school year, she was using the girl's bathroom at her elementary school. this is in fountain, colorado. but in december, school officials gave her parents a letter saying, coy would not be allowed to use the girl's bathroom when class resumed after winter break. students and parents would start to become uncomfortable with coy using the girl's room. the parents are saying, that's not fair. they have now yankscol. they'rer
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the state's anti-discrimination act. >> we have filed the complaint with the school, and we're hoping that, you know, that they will change their minds and they will come back and teach that you can love somebody and you can accept somebody, even if they are we just want bestr to r have t opportunities as all of our other children, and we want her to be able to go back to school and be treated equally without di about this. let's bring in our hot topics panel, amy palmer, power women tv.com, jack moore, buzz feed sports, jennifer huff, just jenny, and a doctor on, pediatrician dr. jim sears joins me. welcome, welcome to all of you. jack moore, i begin with you here. keep in mind, let me be entirely transparent, even though the school apparently said coy can't use the girls room, she can use the nurse's room, she can use
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the faculty bathroom, she can use the boy's restroom, jack moore, how do you think this school fared in this one, bad call, good call? >> this is a terrible call. i just -- let her use the bathroom she wants to use, she's a transgendered little girl. how many times do we have to see these small town schools fall on the wrong side of history with these things. if you're given the choice in life between showing compassion for a little girl, who is struggling with something that is intense and personal, and being outraged about the potential issues with that, show compassion. that's the easy answer. >> i thought it was surprising they said that other students would have a problem with it, like it didn't have a problem already. they didn't have a problem now, i don't see why the school would necessarily need to do something. but i think we need to be fair. there is one place in this society that we have had no problem with segregation and you rarely hear arguments about it and that's the bathroom. that's the one place we have said, these people go here, these people go there.
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you start talking about transgender stuff, it gets hazy, people not understanding what is going on and it leads to decisions like these, because no matter what, somebody is going to wind up uncomfortable. >> let me read the statement. jennifer, what do you think? >> this is ridiculous. i'll tell you why. in women's bathrooms there are no urinals, so the argument about the boys' genitalia, come on. i think if this kid, what i read, has been issued a federally issued passport that states she's a girl, that should trump the law at state level and this little girl should be able to use the girl's bathroom. >> that's right. her i.d. card identified her as a girl. let's say, let's take the family out of it. if you're a parent of other little girls at this school, and you see coy coming and going out of this bathroom, how do you explain to your children who come to you and say, mommy, why is a little boy going to the
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bathroom with me? >> well, how would i explain it? >> yeah. i'm looking at the other side. >> but she's not a boy. >> dr. sears, how would you explain that? >> i'm actually -- i have three kids, a daughter and two boys, and as when my daughter was that age, i would have been very uncomfortable if there was a boy with a penis walking around their bathroom. you say the stalls are private. at that age, most boys especially will use the bathroom and leave their pants down while they walk to the sink to wash their hands and then pull it up. so it is going to be very uncomfortable for the other girls. >> she's a girl. >> look at the damage it is doing to the young girl. look at the damage it is doing to coy. why are we doing this in the middle of the school year? shouldn't this have been addressed in september? get the summer to get everybody ready. >> she's a little girl. if she identifies herself as a
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little girl and is a little girl, she's not walking around with her pants down because that wouldn't be typical little girl behavior. she's a girl. >> here is my second question this came up in our morning meeting, all over the place on this one, the fact that according to the parents, she started identifying as a she and not a he 18 months of age. have you heard of that before? is that -- a lot of kids love trucks and tutus. my poor brother i might have put a tutu on him. you know, is that too young? >> typically at that age, kids know the difference that, you know, trucks are boy toys, dolls are girl toys, but they like to play with both and they don't really show a huge preference. that strong preference usually doesn't kick in until age 4 or 5 even where the boy will absolutely not wear a shirt if it has a pink stripe in it. so to see this strong of a feeling that early is certainly not typical, but, you know, reading about this child, she
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has very strong feelings and i think actually very mature feelings about this. when she was 4 years old, she asked her parents to take her to the doctor to fix her body. so certainly she has a very strong identity as a girl. the problem is, she has the biology of a boy and that's why we're here talking about it. >> what about as we're seeing more and more of these cases coming to light, this is the first in the state of colorado there are policies, for example, and a state such as new york, how should we handle this nationwide, as transgender issues are popping up increasingly? >> taking care of groups that will be austria siof austriasiz better to take care of people and show compassion to people, especially children. the idea that coy is going to walk around with her parents around the ground because she has a penis is insane.
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this isn't a little girl playing dressup. getting a passport listed as a female is not something you do overnight. that say difficult thing to do and she was able to do it. >> she's not in school now and she's being home schooled. we'll see where this goes. the first in colorado. i'll leave this. i have a couple of other topics i want to get to. dr. sears, thank you for joining me on this segment. watch dr. sears week days on the doctors. stick around, coming up next, not exactly your average gun buyback plan, you could say. my panel takes on this new proposal, in new york, to swap firearms for beyonce tickets. hmm. that's next. target is in sight. yes, dad, i see him. now pour some chloroform into a white rag and.... no. hi. i understand you're looking for a hotel with a pool. with priceline express deals, you can save big and get exactly what you need. do i have to bid? use the stun gun. he's giving you lip. no! he's just asking a question.
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♪ born to make mistakes liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? how about this one for a gun buyback program? give up your gun, gt a ticket to a beyonce concert. the new york daily news is reporting that music mogul michael williams is proposing new york's first private sector buyback program and it has a name. this is guns for greatness. and he's hoping tickets to see beyonce and we all know it is not all cheap to see her, in august, will be enough incentive to get guns off the streets. the program still has to get approval from new york city police commissioner ray kelly. but it is getting positive responses here from brooklyn's district attorney charles hinds. panel back in. amy palmer, from you. what do you make of this? beyonce ticketing guns. >> i think it is brilliant. i think that this mogul knows
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his audience, he knows that they want to see beyonce, he knows there is an incentive. here is the genius part about it. he's going to get these kids mentors, so these kids will be around people that they have never had access to before, who will help them learn other skill sets. that's why it's brilliant. beyonce is just the hook. beyonce is just the story. but really it is about mentorship and getting those guns off the street. >> so have we really come to this now where we can't just offer cash, we're offering beyonce tickets? >> you could offer cash, but nobody is willing to do that. >> that's what everybody has been doing. we have been looking at other creative ways, cash, cash and more cash. >> people have done it with playoff tickets in the nba. i remember them 15 years ago in atlanta. the better question is, in the more interesting part is, you're willing to part with your gun over beyonce tickets, why in the world did you have the gun in the first place? this is what this illustrates. people willing to give up guns for something like going to a concert, you can't feel that unsafe in your home you feel like you need a gun.
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beyonce will not keep the burglars away. >> i want to move on. we talked about this monday, this is has not gone away. yahoo!'s ceo marissa mayer, her new policy banning employees from working at home, she says no telecommuting, sparking huge debate across silicon valley, across the offices in the whole country, about this role telecommuting has in the modern workplace. the new peg, if you will, yahoo! put out this new statement, acknowledging this uproar. here is what they are saying. we don't discuss internal matters. this isn't a broad industry view on working from home. this is about what is right for yahoo! right now. jenny hutt, you are calling meyma myer a hypocrite, why? >> i heard that she built a nursery right next to her office inside yahoo! so that's kind of hypocritical. i don't know her. i would love to be able to do that when i'm at work to have my almost teenager and teenager with me everywhere.
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but if i was not able to work from home, some of the time that would really be devastating on my family life, and on my work life because i would be worrying so much about what was going on with my family life. i think it is a step back. it is a step back for women. >> who disagrees? >> i think it is -- >> i do not disagree. >> i think it is a little overblown. i understand the concern about balancing work and home. it is a very legitimate concern. and it is dumb of yahoo! in many ways, not the least of which is that research shows that productivity is actually increased in the workplace, with telecommuting. so it seems like a dumb decision from a business standpoint. it also rings somewhat -- i don't want to say false, but it rings a little -- i don't know. but people -- >> you almost said arrogant. >> i almost said arrogant, but not arrogant, people would kill to go to an office right now. there is so much unemployment. >> you're saying perspective. >> the issue is -- >> it is bait and switch. >> she's representing the new woman. she's representing women who are
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saying, i can be the ceo, i can have a family, and what she's done is saying, actually, you can't. you're not going to be able to telecommute, you're not going to be able to make this work for you because i'm going back to the old way. and that's what this uproar is about. >> perhaps she's also saying that she was frustrated, that, you know, late in the morning, too few cars were showing up and closer to 5:00, you know, more people were leaving. she was frustrated, maybe yahoo! needs better productivity, and she's just thinking, hey, less productive, you know, let's just run you off and i'll get more higher -- >> go ahead. >> when i worked from home, i ended up getting more done and working more hours. i do everything. >> do you? >> yeah. >> but the ceo of yahoo! said this isn't about women individuals, this is about the corporate, and i've telecommuted for the better part of my working life, but i won't protend pr
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pretend as though there isn't -- >> that's not the message. it is about women and families and making it work for families that there are dual incomes. >> that is a message. let's not pretend there isn't something that gets lost when people are so separate in terms of their identity and the office. >> okay, but that doesn't mean that every other point gets discounted completely. from what she's saying, there is creed ans dence to the idea -- >> this is what steve job did in cupertino with apple. richard branson, critic of the idea. we like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently whether at their desk or in their kitchen. yours truly has never worked out of an office and never will. mr. trump, donald trump, marissa mayer is right to expect yahoo! employees to come to the workplace versus working at home. she is doing a great job. >> it is an old school way of thinking versus an entrepreneur.
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i mean, literally the new way of working is the entrepreneur way. people have had to invent jobs. they invent jobs in starbucks, they invent jars in their apartments. marisa mayor sa mayer is settin back. this is a large message. it is not directed at women, but that's why the uproar. >> last word and then agree to disagree and move on. go. >> all the points about the message may be correct, but to pretend there were no values in old ways of doing things and that everything modern is necessarily better i think is a fallacy. >> next, gay or straight. mcdonald's or burger king. pillow or blanket. these are some of the weird questions executives are asking these nfl draft prospects. but why? and are some of the questions okay? our panel tackling those questions next.
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40-yard dash, vertical leap, a couple of the skills the scouts are looking for at the nfl combine going on there week in indianapolis. they want to know a little more. listen to what one prospect told espn radio. >> ask you, like, a girlfriend, married, do you like girls? those kinds of things. and just kind of weird, but, you know, they would ask you with a straight face and it is pretty weird, weird experience altogether. >> weird, he says. hear that? nfl hopefuls saying he was asked by a scout if he likes the ladies. the league told yahoo! sports it has no direct policy on the line of questioning teams can use, only that they adhere to employment laws.
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still, is sexual preference now as relevant as a stat, like touchdowns, interceptions? jack moore, i want you to start here. what is your reaction? >> this is so insane. >> insane? >> it shows a total disconnect between the sports world and the rest of the world. the rest of the world is finally coming along on gay rights and the sports world is still stuck years before the te'o situation, the first question was, obviously, like, is he gay? the big katie couric moment, are you gay? and the question is not even the problem. the problem is if the answer was yes, is that that big of a problem. it shows more than ever we need some major pro athlete to come out of the closet at the height -- like while they're in the league. we can't keep waiting for guys -- >> not long afterwards. >> we need a jackie robinson of this cause because we need an example to show that, yeah, i can still play at the same high level and i don't want to -- >> i talked to wade davis recently. it is interesting you bring up
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manti te'o, according to mike fl fl florio, he's saying that's the elephant in the room. listen to the sound this is mike talking about manti te'o and this whole thing. >> here's the elephant in the room for the teams. and it shouldn't matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the industry, the unique industry that is the nfl. teams want to know whether or not manti te'o is gay. they just want to know. they want to know because in an nfl locker room, it is a different world, it shouldn't be that way. >> here is my question. i was thinking, is there a double standard? a lot of this took shape after chris culver made anti-gay remarks, i don't do guys in the locker room, something to that efee effe effect, he made news, he apologized. now we're hearing about scouts asking do you like girls? what is the deal?
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>> there is a couple of things. there is a couple of things. one in the combine interviews they ask whatever they want to because they k it is the unmitigated arrogance of the nfl and the players have to put up with that stuff. that's the reason why they ask. you start talking about sexuality, nfl security probably has a good idea one way or another. they don't have to ask to find out. once they find out the answer, that has nothing to do with how the locker room is going to receive this, it is not as if those guys if they believe such a thing or they go to the team and the team says, hey, he told us he wasn't gay, he's not gay, those decisions and those interactions will be done by themselves. the problem with the nfl is that it appears that rather than to challenge what is discriminatory and what is obvious, their decision is, we're going to keep somebody out of it because it would cause us too much stress. >> it is a bigger picture question too in terms of being gay as jack brought up beerks op, being openly gay while playing football or any other sport. i talked to wade davis, he came out last year, after he retired from playing, here's what he
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told me. >> why didn't you come out while you were playing? >> i didn't come out because i grew up with the ideology that i could never be a gay athlete from the time i was 7 years old playing a game of football, i always thought that my sexuality and the game of football didn't mix. so i'm just trying now to teach people that you can be who you want to be and play any sport or do any career. >> jenny hutt, you get the last word. >> listen, when jack said before about gay rights have to come farther, it is just rights. we're all the same whether straight, whether gay. i mean, everyone needs to grow up already. >> grow up already. let's end on that. amy palmer, jack moore, jenny hutt, bomani jones, thanks, guys, appreciate it. the dow now, as we're watching very closely, 14,068. remember the all time high? not too far off.
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inch. >> yeah, and the clock is ticking on this so-called crisis they created. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. history in the making. the pope says good-bye. but he's spending his final hours admitting it's been tough. plus, "titanic," the sequel. a billionaire re-creating the world's most famous ship, down to its very last detail. but, it's kind of creepy. >> he said i'm going to have to fire you because it is bad for business to have a bartender. why? because she thought a woman was too drunk to drive home. we're on the case. hey, everybody. i'm brooke baldwin. over the left shoulder here, we're watching the dow inching toward that historic high from october of 2007, right now at
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14,073. that high was 14,164. we're watching, we're watching for you. meantime, battling tears, a dad begs congress to consider a ban on assault weapons. he is neal heslan, he lost his son jesse when a gunman opened fire at sandy hook elementary school in december. 26 people including 20 children were killed. his emotional testimony today before the senate judiciary committee stirg a hering a heat debate over background checks. watch. >> good morning. on the morning of december 14th, we stopped at misty veil deli, he got his favorite sandwich, sausage, egg and cheese, and a hard roll. he ordered me one. he always -- would always do that. i would get a coffee, and jesse would get what he called a
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coffee, but it was a hot chocolate. we proceeded to the school, it was 9:04 when i dropped jesse off. the school clock. jesse gave me a hug and a kiss at that time, said good-bye, i love you. he stopped, he said, i love mom too. that was the last i saw of jesse as he ducked around the corner. prior to that, when he was getting out of the truck, he hugged me and held me, and i can still feel that hug and that pat on the back. he said everything's going to be okay, dad. it's all going to be okay. >> looks to me like we ought to start enforcing the law that is on the books because when almost
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08,000 people fail a background check and 44 people are prosecuted, what kind of deterrent is that? i mean, the law obviously is not seen that as important if it is such an important issue, why aren't we prosecuting people who fail a background check and there are 15 questions there, they're not hard to understand if you're filling out the form. i'm a bit frustrated that we say one thing, how important it is, but in the real world we absolutely do nothing to enforce the laws on the books. now, let's talk -- >> just for the record, for my point of view, senator -- >> how many cases have you made -- >> it doesn't matter. it is a paper thing. i want to stop 76 -- i want to finish the answer. i want to stop 76,000 people from buying guns illegally. that's what a background check does. if you think we're going to do paperwork prosecutions, you're wrong. >> president obama wants to require background checks on all
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gun sales to close a loophole for private transactions. he's also calling for a ban on semi-automatic firearms that mimic military assault rifles. no one has seen this in, oh, 600 years. a final good-bye from a living pope. this massive crowd cheered for pope benedict's today in st. peters square. he got personal, recalling his rocky tenure filled with moments of joy and difficult times when the lord seemed to be sleeping. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and i ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> the pope took a final spin in the popemobile, waving there to the huge crowd before him. not part of the pope's retirement plan also includes ditching his trademark red shoes. >> he will wear a simple light
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kasich without the mozet i think it is called, the cape on top, the simple white casic. an important point are the shoes. they will no longer be the red shoes you've seen him wear, but he's chosen to keep brown shoes given to him on his recent trip to mexico in leon. >> when you're a pope, the shoes make the news. the pope's selection of red leather loafers actually won him accessorizer of the year from esquire magazine in 2007. becky anderson joins me live from rome. let's just, on the lighter side off the top, explain to me the long tradition behind the red loafers. >> coming to me, for all things sartorial about the holy see. this is the tradition that dates back to ancient rome when the emperor, the empress or the pope
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could wear red shoes. the sense is of the glory of everything ancient rome. and, you know, in fact, princess diana ended up wearing red shoes as well. but it is the pope, as i say, and only the very most important of those running this country and indeed that being the state vatican city behind me. you're absolutely right to say he's, though, chosen as he moves on, one assumes the new pope, whoever that will be, will be in red shoes once again. he will be wearing brown loafers. it is a lovely little story in mexico, a little town in mexico, he was given a pair of brown loafers, which he absolutely adores and says that's what he wants to wear going forward. brooke? >> sartorial items aside, becky anderson, let's talk privacy. pope benedict said today that a pope has no privacy. how difficult do you think being pope of -- a leader of 1.2 billion catholics worldwide was
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for quite a private man? >> reporter: it's been, i think, very, very difficult. this wasn't a man who was particularly comfortable in front of crowds. today we saw him at st. peters square in the popemobile there, and he looks frail, looks old, but he seemed to be enjoying himself. john paul ii is very much a more engaging pope and not as much as a private man as benedict xvi is. he will leave here tomorrow around this time, by helicopter, and he will go to castle gandolpho and come back to the vatican in his retirement. he'll go into isolation, he's chosen that for himself. the vatican garden cottage as it were, it's not particularly comfortable, i'm told, i haven't been in, but it is somewhere he can spend his twilight years as it were, and he's 85 years old, let's remember that, in peace
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and reflecting on where he is, who he is, and how far he's come. today was very much an occasion of reflection for the 100,000 or so people who were here, brooke. it was absolutely amazing. we were up there, right at vatican city there and it was a sense of quiet, even though there are over 100,000 people there, so i say, a time of reflection and peace for so many of the faith. brooke? >> and history being made and now less than 24 hours from now, where you are in rome, becky anderson, my thanks to you. back at home, we talked about this last hour, the automatic blunt force spending cuts set to kick in on friday. today, the white house confirmed the president is going to meet on friday with the top four leaders of congress. that whole idea, meeting right at the deadline, appears to strike some as ironic. after all, what can they really do with such a late hour. look at this. this is a guy, in the white house press corps, just couldn't quite get his head around this
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whole concept. watch him question jay carney, the white house press guy. >> the meeting occurs after the sequester begins. >> the sequester begins at midnight on the first of march. actually happens before because it happens mid -- >> no. >> no, it begins midnight march 1st, so the meeting happens before. >> that was major garrett, cbs news. the meeting is set for friday, as you heard, hours before the spending cuts are set to kick in. i hope we're all clear on that. by the way, it is the usual suspects, boehner, pelosi, reed and mcconnell, all meeting with the president. gloria borger with us now talking yesterday about needing a shovel before the storm here, joining me now, our chief little analyst. gloria, it is kind of hard to avoid the suspicion that this meeting serves a bit of a political purpose. >> shocked. >> shocked face. am i being a little cynical here? >> you're not. look, you're not at all.
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they could meet today. they could meet tomorrow. they could have met last week. i mean, look, they all know that this is coming. this is not a surprise. and i think it is sort of for public show and unless they're going to come up with some miraculous short-term deal and, okay, maybe they can, there is this much of a chance of it, but maybe they can come up with a deal to kick the can down the road, and deal with all of this at the end of the month. and, you know, who knows. but at this point, i have to tell you, talking to senior administration officials, they're dug in on this, they believe they have public opinion on their side. they believe it will continue on their side. they believe this is what the election was about. that the american public wants to have what they call a balanced approach, which includes spending -- spending cuts and tax increases. and that's the white house story and they're sticking to it. and they're not moving off of it. >> now, irony of ironies here, the fact that senate republicans, they're working on
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this plan that would empower the president to target these cuts as opposed to having them take effect indiscriminately. the white house is saying thanks but no thanks. >> there are many ironies as you point out. first of all, the republicans who don't trust this president very much suddenly want to give him the authority to actually decide what should be cut and what should not be cut within a certain framework. so there are republicans like john mccain who say, why don't we just go home? why would we give this added authority to the president. and then in talking to senior administration officials, they are saying, quote, that it is a cynical device, and it is a complete sham. and the reason they believe that, as one put it to me, is, look, it is like telling somebody, okay, we know you have to cut two of your fingers off, but you get to choose which ones. not much of a choice. >> okay. gloria borger, my thanks to you. >> sure. >> while gloria was discussing,
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washington leaders back and forth at one another. they are standing together to honor rosa parks. there he is, speaking earlier, president obama, also had congressional leaders and more than 50 of her relatives gather, at the capital to unveil this bronze statue of her. she stands nine feet tall. she is the first black woman to be honored with a statue there. >> rosa parks' singular act of disobedience launched a movement. the tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. it is because of these men and women that i stand here today. it is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free. >> parks broke the law back on december 5th, 1955, when she
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refused to give up that seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus. the president mentioned in montgomery, alabama, actually in atlanta, back when i was in high school, i stood in line to get to meet her. got her autograph, rosa parks, incredible. now this here. this will give you the creeps. was it fantasy or did a new york police officer really intend to kidnap, to cook and eat women, including his own wife? gilberto valle is on trial now accused of doing precisely that. prosecutors have an fbi agent read aloud evidence of e-mails and chats between officer valle and a buddy of his making their case that valle considered and conspired with people online to kidnap a woman. the agent said that he directed his buddy to a video of a female friend, clad in a bikini saying, quote, i'd like to have her arm on a barbecue. and, quote, i'm dying to taste some girl meat. white girls seem the most
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appetizing to me. this man allegedly said. his wife ratted him out to the fbi. she was actually the first person to testify against him this week. deborah feyerick, she's been in the courtroom today. deborah, just hearing that makes my skin crawl. what's the latest on this one? >> well, one thing that stood out today this is not usual in federal court, but the judge was not happy with either side. and he reprimanded both the prosecutors and defense lawyers saying the information was just dribbling out, all things it should have been taken care of before trial, only now being made public. and he was talking about the testimony of one of the women today who is set to testify, one of the supposed victims. we did hear more of the e-mails between gilberto valle and another man, 35-year-old from pakistan who describes himself as a butcher, whose killed goats in the past and who keeps getting kicked off this fetish website where they met for taking the fantasies too far. the e-mails are exchanged over a nine-month period, and it starts
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in january. at first the cop is tentative. then he gets into it, talking about hog tying a woman, putting an apple in her mouth, talking about using the foot for soup and eating the tongue. he expresses concern if he uses chloroform to knock out one of his victims, he's wried maybe it will ruin the taste of the human flesh. going through these e-mails, brooke, a lot of repetition in the conversations. prosecutors also looking at data expert who testified to say that in fact somebody did access a criminal database searching for the name of at least one of the supposed victims, but the defense made clear, brooke, that, yeah, the name came up, but never any addresses that came up in the search as well. so defense lawyers still have their shot to cross-examine the content of the e-mails that were exchanged online. and, again, saying, look, this was dark. this was a fetish, but this was not something really going to happen. prosecutors saying, no, there was a conspiracy and it was
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clearly ramping up, a conspiracy to kidnap at least one of the alleged targets, brooke. >> deb feyerick, thank you very much for that one. coming up, a bartender fired for calling the cops when she saw someone leave that bar drunk. we're on the case on that one here in just a moment. but first, new jersey governor chris christie says you actually don't have to go to atlantic city to gamble anymore. we'll tell you what that is all about next. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. relieving the pain quickly. oh, hi thehey!ill. are you in town for another meeting? yup, i brought my a-team. siness trips add to family time. this is my family. this is joe. hi joe! hi there! earn a ton of extra points with the double your hhonors promotion and feel the hamptonality.
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governor chris christie signed a bill yesterday, legalizing internet gambling. its largest expansion of legalized gambling in new jersey since atlantic city's first casino opening. that was back in 1978. governor christie says it will make new jersey more competitive with other states, and bring in much needed revenue since the casinos will be able to offer online wagering. it is chuck hagel's first day as defense secretary. photos of former senator hagel here taking oath in a private ceremony at the pentagon today. he was former republican senator from nebraska. he then spoke to service members and to civilian employees. >> to be part of your team, who you are, is the honor. that's the great privilege. >> he also took note of the automatic spending cuts going into effect this friday, saying the defense department has a lot of challenges ahead. salvage crews have started removing parts of a former u.s. navy ship that ran aground at a
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listen to this one. this ohio bartender is told she's bad for business. why? because she called police on a drunk guy who insisted on driving himself home. want you to listen to what twilia devita said two days after this. >> he said i'm going to have to fire you because it is bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops. >> i'm not very pleased by that. here we have a person that is trying to do something right, and ends up getting punished for it. >> i stand by what i did. and i will do it again. >> so, you heard that right. she was fired for what a lot of people are saying doing the right thing. police tracked down this driver, he was a little over twice the legal alcohol limit. they arrested him. they charged him with drunk driving. defense attorney joey jackson on the case with me today. joey jackson, good to see you here. >> how are you, brooke? >> i'm great. does the law require bartenders, doesn't it require them to report people who are incredibly inebriated?
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>> well, here's the problem. this is more of an issue of morality than legality because if you look at it, it is an employment at will issue. what does that mean? it means that most states, in fact almost every state in america, you're an employee at will. you can be hired or fired for any reason or no reason as long as it is not predicated upon discrimination. only montana, brooke, requires that there be some meaningful purpose, they call it the wrongful discharge statute, but otherwise she could be terminated. so, i mean, there is -- to the extent that she did report this issue, she reported it to the police and reporting it to the police, i think her employer took a little bit of offense to it. though minds will disagree as to whether it was proper or improper. >> next case, my friend, the u.s. supreme court taking up voting rights act here once again. lawmakers, civil rights activists, have been rallying outside the courthouse trying to keep this law in place. and the question today really is is the voting rights act still necessary to prevent
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discrimination or is it just this outdated concept from the civil rights movement? what do you think? what is the likelihood that the highest court will declare this unconstitutional? >> therein lies the issue, brooke. you can certainly argue, it is certainly necessary, it addresses issues that have been systemic and long-standing in history. and, remember, it applicableity. but the essence of it, brooke, is the argument they're saying, listen, the south has changed. the country has changed. you don't need us as states to go to the department of justice to tell us how we should have our districts, how we should structure them, how they should be where, where they should be. we should be able do it all on our own. since the formula that congress was relying upon in 2006 when they passed the statute related to data of 1975, they're arguing it is a different world. if anything, what the supreme court may do is say, listen,
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congress, you're empowered to do this, but update your data a little bit to ensure that those states affected still need to be -- still need to have the oversight that they did in the past. >> joey jackson, thank you, sir. >> pleasure, brooke. good to see you. coming up next, a huge announcement for the music industry. instagram makes its mark. space tourist wants to send people to mars and kanye west getting a load off his had mind. all that next. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib
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bottom of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. technology, sports, business, health, science, showbiz news, we're hitting all of it for you now. safe to say a lot of us getting a little too casual with our smartphones. 25% keep intimate photographs on their phones, this is according to an avg security survey. another poll finds more than a third of us actually don't use
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smartphone passwords altogether, which you should. also, get this, 55% of people who do use passwords, they share them. couple of tips to protect those intimate moments, never click remember me in an app or web browser. always log out when you're done. and don't choose an easy password, like, one, two, three, four, it is a no-no. so much for that instagram user revolt. your fuzzy cat pictures or me trying to pack a suitcase for a week, they're going gang busters. this is my instagram page. instagram announcing today it hit 100 million active users including me, the milestone comes a couple of months after instagram announced a new rule that could have let it sell user photos without paying for them. so many users threatened to leave, they wanted to ditch their instagram account, so instagram backed off. instagram launched 28 months ago. and now this.
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♪ there's a fire starting in my heart ♪ ♪ reaching a fevered pitch it is bringing me out the dark ♪ >> i love her. adele, adele helps push the music industry's fortunes in the right direction amid fears it was dying. sales of recorded music actually grew last year, up .3%, topping $16 billion. and i know, i know, that is a teeny tiny increase, but it is the first since 1999. fewer people are pirating music and more are actually paying to download it. a third of music sales are digital. the number one album from last year, hence the adele song, adele's "21". you got your music. you got your beer. you're ready for a quiet evening at home. are you getting all the bud light? can't believe i'm saying this. are you getting all the bud light you paid for? a class action lawsuit accuses anheuser-busch of watering down its beer to boost profits. take a look at this. all kinds of brands associated
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here. budweiser, michelob, king cobra, bud ice. ten in all. the lawsuit says all of these beers contain less alcohol than it says on the label. come here, friend. nathan barong, you have a sweet gig, writing a couple of things, you wear many hats at cnn, but you write the beer column at etocracy.com. let's begin with, nathan, how did the whole lawsuit start in the first place? >> it is interesting because this lawsuit wasn't just your average drinker picking up this beer and saying this tastes more watered down that it normally does. >> who was it? >> this was former employees, technicians that worked for anheuser-busch contacting customers and those are the plaintiffs in this suit. so it is kind of -- it is not about the taste. it is about a label issue with the alcohol volume percentage not being what it claims to be on the label. >> these are the people who are working there saying, yes, we
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were watering it down. and i guess my question would be then how common would it be for breweries to water down their beer? how would you do that? >> to hear that would sound off putting to any beer drinking whether you're drinking budweiser or some other craft selection. this is a company that had reputation for these kinds of beers for a long time, of them watering it down. it is something i tried to reach out to anheuser-busch. i haven't heard back from them. do they water down their beer -- >> this could be watered down. we don't know. i'm not drinking it live on tv. there you go. there is your bud light. >> look at it. it looks more like water than it does, you know, some sort of, like, what i would say a legit beer. >> you're a legit beer guy. if you're drinking bud light, which is pretty watery in and of itself, do you think the customers care? >> i think they do, yeah. just like i was saying that kind of watered down is off putting. i think they care to the most popular beer rating websites rate the beers and based on user
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reviews extremely low. i'm going to be writing a piece about why i drink good beer and i know brian todd is doing one on this later. >> the situation room. >> yeah. so i think they care. but, you know, it is going to be -- it is going to be interesting to see where this goes. >> nathan, thank you for talking beer with me. go too go to beer guy at cnn. a fight in the fourth quarter. need i say more? roll the tape. >> a foul called. and now they get into it. now we got something going on here. it is into the court, into the stands. david west is in there. >> he's piled on. >> indiana center, roy hibbert was ejected. four other players received technical fouls, pacers won, 108-97. ♪
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stp, anyone. stone temple pilots and grammy winning plush. the group fired singer scott weiland today. a.j. hammer is in new york. a.j., we got this extremely short news release today, saying, quote, stone temple pilots have announced they have officially terminated scott weiland. doesn't get any unceremonious than that. >> shortest press release ever, brooke. rumors were flying around for a month since his bandmate slash told "rolling stone magazine" that he had been fired from stone temple pilots and it was either news to weiland today or maybe he wasn't being honest with rolling stone magazine when he said they arenhadn't broken and the band was in the process of talking about their next tour. he did acknowledge this to rolling stone yesterday, the band has been going through a
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rough patch saying we're like a family, it is also a partnership, we always kept things going, we have taken time off before, they have done their own projects and i fully support that. no one has been fired and i haven't quit. that's all hearsay. well, now it is reality, brooke, because we got a statement from weiland in response to his firing. not sure how i can be terminated from a band that i founded, fronted and co-wrote many of the biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. in the meantime, i'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour, which starts this friday. it is reality, brooke. and we do expect to get more information on the split before too long. pretty mysterious. >> from a firing to someone firing off, kanye west, talk to me. what is he upset about here? >> any number of things, brooke. he was giving a concert in london over the weekend. among other things he said at this particular show, i don't give an ex-pla tipletive what t president has got say. you might remember president
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obama referring to kanye as a jack ass after the interruption of taylor swift at the 2009 awards. that might have had something to do with it and he seemed zbrunted wizbrun disgruntled with the music industry. hopefully, brooke, he's just now working through his ang brothere his baby with kim kardashian is born in july. >> thank you very much. now iran here, secretive talks in iran's nuclear program were held today. iran, the u.s., france, britain, germany, china, and russia all represented. negotiators keeping pretty tight lipped here, but they do acknowledge making some concessions and iran's chief nuclear negotiator is letting a couple of items slip, for example, take a listen to what he said when cnn asked whether negotiators want iran to shut
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down its uranium enrichment. >> our nuclear facilities are working under the supervision of the iaea. there is no -- to be shut down. they have paid attention to this point. therefore, it is considered from our point of view a positive step. >> iran says it is enriching uranium for quote/unquote peaceful needs. want to go to mars? it could happen, maybe in 2018. that is when a nonprofit group headed by this millionaire, and also the first space tourist, dennis tito, hopes to launch a spacecraft carrying two people, he wants them to be married, to fly by the red planet. he announced the proposed mission just this afternoon. >> again, it is uses low earth orbit architecture. and we just adapt it to a -- in effect, a very large earth orbit that leaves earth and comes back, it just happens to go out
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pretty far. >> chad myers, so, what do we say, 2018, this is not a let's land on mars, this is a, boom, fly past it and come home. >> a lot like apollo 8, go out there, look at it, come back home safely. that's the big key. but why 2018? why does it have to be that soon? because that's when mars and earth are closest together. 35 million miles, plus or minus a few million. >> a special timing thing. >> right. if it was out here and we were here that could be 300 million miles we would never get there. they would be dead 100 years before they ever got to mars. he would have to go the shortest distance. still 35 million. the moon shot was a quarter of a million. this is 140 times farther than the moon on the round trip. so, it is -- this is a big deal. >> this millionaire space tourist is not the one that would go. specifically he wants a married couple to go on this -- what is it, a 501 day mission.
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>> 501 days. >> it takes eight months to get to mars. >> can you imagine being in a car with a spouse for five days? can you imagine 501 days? i'm not sure i could. they also wanted to be past childbirth age, no more child rearing, because there will be a lot of radiation. you know what else is out there? that. the sun. solar flares, cmes, lots of radiation. they don't have it, so the astronauts will be protected well enough yet. that may be five years down the road. this is a long shot. a long trip. >> okay, thank you. and what some -- >> and nasa not paying. this is private. >> private. but hey, you get to go to mars or see it for a half second. a lot of people have been waiting to seat d ing ting to s mark we saw five years ago. we're getting closer. we'll see the numbers on the other side of the break. employees are being forced to do more with less. and the need for capable leaders is greater than ever.
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have you heard about this super bug, potentially deadly,
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hard to detect, and while rare, doctors are seeing more cases. i want to bring in senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. super bug. what is this? >> super bug means that a lot of antibiotics just don't work. this super bug is called cre and the cdc says they have been keeping track and since july, they have seen about 15 cases of these. now, usually in that period of time, they would see more like two or three cases. so 15 cases in about seven months, that's quite a few. >> so who exactly are the patients? are they okay? >> these are patients in the hospital. i want to emphasize that. these are patients in the hospital. what is happening is they come in, and they don't have this infection, they get it in the hospital. >> in the hospital. >> from the hands of doctors and nurses. and other health care workers. >> those hands. >> wash those hands, right. wash those hands, it is so important. >> this is happening to people who are already in the hospital. are there other people at risk here? >> not so far. not that we know. but if you go into the hospital, even if you're perfectly healthy
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. my god almighty. ♪ you're here there's nothing i fear ♪ ♪ you are safe in my heart and my heart ♪ >> i just really wanted to get this song stuck in your head today. that or i wanted to talk about the "titanic." it turns out you may be able to sale on the titanic. this is the brain child of an australian billionaire. the only difference, more lifeboats. cnn's amy laport is here.
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it's fascinating, all of the details. >> what could possibly go wrong, right? trust an australian to replicate the most ill-fated ship in history. basically, it's targeted at real people and history buffs. there's no word on the price of the tickets yet but estimates, $1 million. and here's the catch. you will be divided into three class categories just like 1912. those three classes would not be able to mingle each other. can you imagine paying $1 million and sleeping with peasants? >> that's what they are planning to do? >> that's what they are planning to do. >> they prode you the traditional garb. >> so you board the ship and inside is the period dress. so it's completely as it was in 1912. >> it's the exact same trip? >> yes. it's crossing the north
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atlantic. there's some safe issues that he did address. he's a bit eccentric, this guy. >> you think? >> yeah, just a little. he had a press conference today where he announced this. he gave the blueprints away and i want to tell you a full screen quote here. one of the benefits of global warming, there hasn't been as many icebergs in the north atlantic these days. he said basically that i don't want to say it's unsinkable because, of course, that's what they said before. but for the superstitious, well, a hole will sink a ship. >> so if you have a cool million and love a little history, there you go. >> there you go. coming up, we've been watching the big board as we're maybe creeping towards the five-year historic high set in '07. it's 148,081.
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five minutes away from that "closing bell." come look. we're watching the dow here at 14,084. it is flirting -- wishful thinking, hopefully, of hitting the record of 14,164 hit on october 9th, 2007. joining me on the phone, long-time trader, 40-something
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years. teddy wiseburg. it's been a while since we've talked. i'm happy to talk to you about this kind of number. i hear you're stumped and i want to know why. >> well, i go back to a week or so ago and i was looking for support levels, not resistant levels on the upside. i really thought the market just looked like the market was running out of the steam. we were just coming out of the fourth quarter earnings and the focus turns to the economy and we got a couple of anemic numbers and primarily out of italy and that one bad day i thought, all right, we're going to go the other way for a while. i didn't think it was the end of the world but i thought its was time to give a little back. most of the february the markets had a positive tone. nothing goes straight up.
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so history would have dictated that perhaps you're going to pause here and maybe give a little back until we regroup to move higher. obviously i'm wrong. >> hey. sometimes we call it right, sometimes we call it wrong. we're waiting for the record number. stay with me. with all these huge toys. and with the fastest push-to-talk... i can keep track of them all. [ male announcer ] upgrade to the new "done" with access to the fastest push-to-talk and three times the coverage. now when you buy one kyocera duraxt rugged phone for $69.99, you'll get four free. other offers available. visit a sprint store, or call 855-878-4biz. ♪

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